By Rob Markman with reporting by Sway Calloway
During his visit to “RapFix Live” on Wednesday (February 1) 2 Chainz confirmed that he’s now officially a part of the Def Jam roster, which also happens to mean that he’s now label mates with Kanye West. And conveniently enough, the two have already been recording music together. “One thing that people may not know is that I’ve been working with Kanye West for the past year,” 2 Chainz said.
“We have records together, we have ideas that we’re planning on releasing to the world real soon. I’m tryna get my ’N in Paris’ swag up.”
Chainz is aiming to drop his official solo debut, tentatively titled T.R.U. 2, later this year. When broken down, T.R.U. is an acronym for The Real University, so working with the College Dropout makes sense for the “Spend It” MC.
“For the most part, when we started building our relationship, we found out we had more things in common than different from a musical standpoint,” he said. “It’s no secret that I came from the hustle background, from that trap, and it’s no secret that he’s maybe more of a hipster swag, backpack kinda guy. So I think it’ll be interesting when you just drop that in the pot, in the blender, and see the outcome and results of some of that.”
The rapper formerly known as Tity Boi has been in high-demand over the past year collaborating with just about every big rap name there is. Still, fans have yet to hear him and Yeezy in tandem, so there is still much to look forward to.
“I been fortunate enough to work everybody in the game, some of the best talent in the game from Luda to Lil Wayne and Gucci Mane, everybody in Atlanta, T.I., Jeezy,” he said. “I think this was just another angle that I could appreciate, that I can maybe learn from.”
2 Chainz is looking forward to experiencing some artistic growth during his sessions with West. He also believes that when all is said and done, Kanye will walk away from the collaborations with a new sense of his artistic self as well.
“I’m one of those people that feel like you’re never too old to learn new things and even bruh, he still can learn new things from the avenue and path that I come from,” 2 Chainz said. “It’ll be cool, we gonna shake up hip-hop a little bit, shake up rap a little bit. You see what I did on my own.”